About Me


Big News - Summer 2018

I am very pleased to announce that in August I will move to the College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. Parts of this website will be in flux until I am able to make a full update.

Who I Am

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Cincinnati. I lead the Human Language Technologies Lab and I am a member of the University of Cincinnati Institute for Analytics Innovation.

My research spans natural language processing, privacy, and artificial intelligence. I participate in the Usable Privacy Policy Project. You can read more about my research interests.

Previously I was a postdoc and a lecturer in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and prior to that I was an NSF International Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2011.

Contacting Me

You can reach me at shomir.wilson _at_ uc.edu. If you are on UC's main campus, you can stop by my office at 835 Rhodes Hall.

Curriculum Vitae

Here it is.

Latest News

2018-05-07: I was a faculty marshal for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC's Spring Commencement. Congratulations again to all of our graduates!

2018-03-23: The Usable Privacy Policy Project created a series of videos to explain our research. I speak first in this one, about the natural language processing aspects of the project.

2018-03-01: Our work is featured in NSF News from the Field. See the bottom of the press release (linked from the NSF article) for the full list of collaborators.

2018-02-17: I am proposing a workshop titled "AI and NLP for Usable Privacy" at SOUPS this coming August. The workshop will be a successor event to Privacy and Language Technologies, the AAAI Fall Symposium I organized in 2016. Contact me if you have nominations (including self-nominations) for the program committee.

2018-02-12: Congrats to my M.S. student Kaitlin Burnam on winning the graduate student poster award at the Tri-State Women in Computing Conference this past weekend!

2018-02-02: During the week of March 12, I will teach a mini-course titled "Ethics of Artificial Intelligence" at Future University in Cairo, Egypt.

2018-01-25: Check out our re-launch of the Explore site, now featuring over 7,000 automatically annotated privacy policies.

2017-11-14: Cincinnati's Channel 9 News interviewed me today about FaceID in the iPhone X. (Skip to 1:00 in the video for the correct story.) A few claims in the segment that aired were misattributed to me, although I was still glad to speak with them. Also, although they cited me as a face recognition expert, this is incorrect; I spoke as a privacy researcher.

For older news, check the archive.